US rolls out COVID-19 vaccine for younger children

“This coming week, parents will be able to start scheduling appointments at places like pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals and pharmacies,” Biden said in a statement Saturday.

“Appointments will ramp up as more doses are shipped, and in the weeks to come, every parent who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. intensifies, Vaccines.gov will go live next week with vaccine availability and appointments increasing throughout the week.”

While many parents in the United States are eager to get their children vaccinated, it’s unclear how strong the demand for vaccines will be. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was licensed for children ages 5 to 11 in October, but only about 29% of that group is fully vaccinated so far, according to federal data.

CVS Health Corp plans to provide vaccines to children ages 18 months and older, while Rite Aid Corp and Walmart Inc plan to provide such vaccines to children ages three and older. Infants are traditionally vaccinated in a doctor’s office.

Public health officials have been pushing for childhood vaccinations ahead of the new school year as they hope vaccines for the age group will help prevent hospitalizations and deaths if COVID-19 cases spike again.

COVID-19 is generally milder in children. Yet, as of March 2020, it is the fifth leading cause of death among children between the ages of one and four and the fourth leading cause of death among children under the age of one, according to the CDC.

CDC advisers will meet again next week to consider whether to support the use of the Moderna vaccine for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17. The rate of rare cases of heart inflammation in Moderna’s teens and young men has raised concerns. vaccine, and advisers are expected to take this data into account.

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